You stand up, ready to speak. You pause. Slowly you turn your head, calmlyÂ scanning the crowd.Â You noticeÂ the look of attention and fascination on the faces of the crowd.Â Because you are such a powerful speaker, whatever conversations people had been engrossed inÂ have automatically taken a backseat to their high expectations of your comingÂ words. You are a powerful speaker. You speak with authority. When you speak, you command the room.
Ok, maybe not, but you’ll be more than halfway there after you finish reading this article, because I’m going to show you three quick and easy to learn techniques that will make yourÂ words more captivating than you’ve ever imagined. Some of the other techniques I write about on my blog can help as well. But before you go and read that, make sure to finish reading this, because despite these tips being incredibly easy, they are just as incredibly powerful. And the coolest thing about these techniques is you can use them anytime you are speaking to anybody about anything. Job interview, date, toastmasters speech. Ready? Let’s go.
Technique Number One.
Speak with authority. Ok that sounds a little vague. Speak in downward tones. You can end your sentences in three tones. Up, neutral, or down. You want neutral, but down is much better. If your sentences end on upward tone, you’ll sound unsure and without any authority. If you want a fantastic example of this, after you check out my blog, go over to Youtube and watch any clip you can find of President Obama. He has this technique down. (Down, get it?) When he speaks, he sounds as if he not only knows what he is talking about, but he believes it as well. And when you know what you are talking about, and you speak with belief and sincerity, you will easily captivate people.
Technique Number Two.
Create tension. Or a more technical name for this is create response potential. Sounds technical, but its simple. Simply pause in the middle ofÂ a sentence. If you can, say the following sentences out loud with the pauses where they are written:
I went to the store. (pause.) I bought an apple. (pause.) The apple tasted good.
Sounds pretty boring, right? Right. Now say it with different pauses, like this:
I went to the …(pause) store. I bought an..(pause) apple. The apple tasted…(pause) good.
Can you hear the difference? The more you practice, the easier it will get. When you master this technique, people will be hanging on your every word.
TechniqueÂ Number Three.
The head tilt.Â Simply tilt your head back, just slightly.Â (UnlessÂ you are standing and talking to somebody who isÂ much shorter than you.) Maybe about a centimeter.Â This will add to your aura of authority.Â And combined with the first two techniques, you’ll be amazed at how powerful your word will become. And the incredible thing is, people will have no idea that you are using these techniques. They’ll just know that they are totally captivated by your words.Â As they should, because your words are your power. And the more you cultivate your power, the more powerful you’ll become.